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FAQs

Can I schedule a private group tour of Barrett House?

Yes, group tours of ten or more people can be arranged from June through October.  Contact Barrett House for more information.

When was the Gothic Revival summer house House built?

The summer cottage that crowns the hill behind the Barrett House was not part of the original landscape when Charles Barrett Jr. and his young wife Martha first moved to Forest Hall c. 1800. The exact date of construction is unknown, but research suggests Charles Jr. and/or Martha commissioned its construction c. 1830.

Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?

All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.

Are there restrooms at the Barrett House?

Yes, there are restrooms available to the public. Please note that it might not be possible to take a break during a tour.

Is the museum handicapped accessible?

A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking. Folding chairs can be provided for visitors who would like to use them during a tour. Barrett House is not equipped with handicapped accessible ramps, elevators, or chair lifts. Service animals are always welcome. We encourage visitors with concerns to call ahead. We are happy to work with you to make your visit an enjoyable one. 

Can I take photographs at the museum?

Interior and exterior photography for personal use is allowed at Historic New England properties. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and the protection of our collections and house museums, we ask that you be aware of your surroundings and stay with your guide. Video, camera bags, tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted. Professional/commercial photographers and members of the media should visit the press room for more information.  

How do I become a member of Historic New England and get more involved?

Join Historic New England now and get involved in preserving and celebrating the region's heritage. To join, call the Membership Office at 617-994-5910 or join online. You can reach the Barrett House staff at 617-994-6675 or by e-mail.

 

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